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Family Life

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An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

Publications

  1. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  2. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  3. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

  4. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  5. The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Jan 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country.... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Comment: Childcare | the new frontier in the culture wars

    Trisha Jha | 04 Oct 2014 | The Spectator

    Increasingly, institutionalised childcare is being used to promote green and progressive agendas.... Read More

  2. Government funding of families a puzzle

    Trisha Jha | 08 Aug 2014 | Newcastle Herald

    Are families really well served by the $32 billion family payments system?... Read More

  3. Tax disincentives for working mums should be removed

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | The Australian

    To increase female labour force participation and repair the budget deficit, start by looking at the perverse incentives ... Read More

  4. Abbott's PPL extravagance is a crying shame

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    If the government wants to get people back to work, redirecting money from their gold-plated PPL scheme to childcare subsidies ... Read More

  5. Innovators have the right to fail

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 12 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    We need to teach kids that failure is part of life and it's not always somebody’s fault when things don’t work out. ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

  2. Sorting child protection facts from fiction

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Aug 2014

    Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first ...

  3. Evidence on childcare twisted by special interests

    Trisha Jha | 22 Aug 2014

    There is no reason why the new minimum standards and quality regulations for Child Care and Early Learning should be considered ...

  4. A clearer payments system needed to help families

    Trisha Jha | 08 Aug 2014

    Current budget conditions necessitate not just spending cuts, but a broader look at policy analysis and reform, particularly ...

  5. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

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